Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations and it's easy to see why
The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among stunning snow capped ranges. Around 1.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience the awe-inspiring scenery, to search for adventure, to seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or just to breathe the pure mountain air.
Adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have all been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy.
The region has a unique and inspirational range of activities, experiences and attractions that keep visitors coming back time and time again.
Take a look here and you will see what we mean.
Whether you arrive by plane, car or bus, our buzzing resort town's snow-capped mountains are visible from every angle. Five ski fields are within 30 to 90 minutes' reach of Queenstown so everyone is catered for - from beginner skiers to expert boarders taking a heli trip to untouched powder.
A multitude of activities such as bungy jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting are on year round. There's easy access to nature on the many walking and biking trails, or sightseeing tours. Other recreations include indulgent spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.
Queenstown information center provides most information you may require. www.queenstownnz.co.nz/information/AboutQueenstown/
Don't leave Queenstown before you
Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. This iconic steamship makes several daily trips across the stunning Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Explore the outback. Take a 4WD safari through rugged back country to Skippers Canyon, try gold panning or just drink in the scenery.
Play a round of golf. From immaculate resorts to back country fairways, Queenstown offers world-class golfing amongst breath taking scenery.
Tour through the Gibbston Valley. A stunning wine region surrounded by mountains interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges. Sample award-winning wines or enjoy an alfresco lunch next to the vines.
Challenge yourself. Queenstown has it all – skydiving, bungy jumping, river rafting plus great hiking and mountain biking trails to explore.
Visit Arrowtown. A picturesque historic gold mining village twenty minutes drive from Queenstown. Home to boutique designer stores, galleries, fine dining restaurants and cafes.
We have put together a list of suggested activities you can explore whilst in Queenstown which you can book directly yourself.
Queenstown is a walking, hiking and biking paradise!
A number of Queenstown walks and biking tracks start right from the town centre, while others take you deep into the beautiful New Zealand back country.
Queenstown offers a wide range of walking tracks, and biking and cycle tracks and trails for all levels of fitness. Whether you prefer an energetic mountain bike, a gentle bike ride or a multi-day walking adventure; a guided hike or an independent cycle trip, there is a Queenstown walking, hiking or biking option for you below.
The Queenstown Cycle Trail runs directly in front of the Village so If you need a breath of fresh air or feel like stepping it out……... take your first steps in front of the Hilton and you're on the Jacks Point Track and Frankton Arm walkways and cycle tracks.
Amisfield Winery & Bistro
Amisfield Winery & Bistro is idyllically located in an iconic stone building overlooking Lake Hayes and back dropped by the Remarkables Mountain range.
They offer a daily changing a la carte menu and the “Trust the Chef” signature menu which offers a shared dining experience, with dishes selected by their chef based on fresh produce and ingredients available on the day. Their food is an expression of local seasonal ingredients elegantly prepared, and an ultimate complement to their wines.
Informative wine tastings are available in their Cellar Door, learn about Amisfield's estate grown wines and Central Otago as a growing region.
10 Lake Hayes Road, Queenstown
T +643 442 0556
Open 7 days
Bistro: 11.30am-8pm (last booking 5.30pm)
Cellar Door: 10am-6pm
Gibbston Valley Winery Wine Cave Tour
Just 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, at the heart of Central Otago, is Gibbston Valley Winery – renowned for award-winning wines, the largest wine cave in New Zealand, and one of the region’s finest dining experiences.
The friendly staff can guide you through our wine selection at our Cellar Door, and an onsite cheesery specialises in hand-crafted cheeses to perfectly complement our wines.
The wine cave tours (hourly from 10am to 4pm daily), are one of the best value activities in the region at just $15 per person. We also offer a selection of tailored tours priced from $25 to $225 per person (bookings essential).
Gibbston Valley Winery restaurant, (12 to 3pm daily) offers inspired local cuisine and superb service to provide the perfect New Zealand food and wine experience.
Thinking of hitting the slope while in Queenstown? NZSki have everything you need from passes to transfers.
Challenge Rafting operates exciting half day whitewater raft and raft combo trips on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. The Shotover offers the challenge of extra excitement and thrills - The Kawarau offers exhilarating rafting for first timers. Trips include courtesy coach transfers, specialist on-river clothing, and sauna/hot shower and refreshments afterwards.
P. 03 442 7318
AJ Hackett Bungy
AJ Hackett Bungy offers six very different Bungy and Swing experiences in Queenstown, ranging from the ultimate personal challenge to a more low-key discovery of Bungy from the sidelines.
P. 0800 286 4958
World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, ShotoverJet has thrilled over 2.5 million people since 1970, and now it's your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow Canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown's ONLY exhilarating FULL 360 degree spins. 'Can you handle the canyons?' with award winning Shotover Jet, The World's Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride, and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
P. 0800 746 868
Guided Walks New Zealand
Experience the passion and knowledge of New Zealanders who are actively involved in nature education and conservation. Visitors to Queenstown & Wanaka have a choice of expeditions on foot, either Privately Guided walks specially tailored to their requirements and ability, or half and full day hikes in small groups. Their range of walks are chosen for their natural history, scenic beauty, remoteness and varied terrain. Guided Walks New Zealand are proud of their company's reputation for providing friendly, informative and personalised guided walks for small groups.
P. 0800 455 712
Walter Peak High Country Farm Excursions – Real Journeys
Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Gain an insight into a traditional Kiwi high country lifestyle. Enjoy a fascinating farm excursion with morning/afternoon tea.
P. 0800 656 503
Helicopters Heliworks operate in the spectacular setting of Queenstown and the Southern Lakes. Discover it for yourself on one of our scenic helicopter flights (incl. Lord of the Rings flights). We have several exciting new heli-experiences to offer you, including heli-hiking and picnics. Visit our website for detailed information.
P. 0800 464 354
Milford Sound Nature Cruises - Real Journeys
Explore dramatic Milford Sound in a more relaxed and leisurely way with our nature guides. These extended cruises on board the Milford Mariner and Milford Wanderer provide an excellent opportunity to really experience the fiord. Wildlife sightings are common. Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections. Queenstown fly back connections
P. 03 442 7500 or 0800 656 503